Roc City Skate Park

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ROC City Skate Park 

Rochester is strategically and deliberately positioning itself to become a more active, playable city. Across the community new, unique and innovative play areas, playful sidewalks, and interactive murals are being introduced into the fabric of neighborhoods.  Now we have a unique opportunity to add to this mosaic of play by building a state-of-the-art downtown skatepark right on the Genesee River waterfront!
  • Of the 125 largest cities in the country, Rochester is the only one without a public skate park, and the demand for such a space from the community is huge. 
  • The number of Americans who ride bicycles is greater than all those who ski, golf, and play tennis combined. 
  • BMX makes up about 30% of the bicycling market. 
  • 60 minutes of skateboarding or BMX riding burns more calories than running at a 12-minute mile pace, or playing basketball, lacrosse, tennis, swimming, or baseball.
  • The International Olympic Committee has added Skateboarding to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
  • There are over 11 million skateboarders in the world contributing to a $4.8 billion market.

A 26,000 sq. ft. one-of-a-kind wheel-friendly skatepark underneath the iconic Frederick Douglass - Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge.  

With generous support from New York State, the “ROC the Riverway ” Initiative, the Tony Hawk Foundation, and the Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation, among others, the vision has begun to take shape! Located alongside the existing Genesee Riverway Trail and with easy access from South Avenue, the skatepark is imagined as an urban park that will enhance the outdoor recreation experience for walkers, joggers, and cyclists while providing a connection to the waterfront and to other parks in the area.  This custom-concrete skatepark will pay homage to Rochester and boast public art and multiple skate-able features such as a main skate promenade, mini-ramps and ledges, and a competition bowl.  This new installation will add life to an underutilized area along the downtown riverfront and serve as a destination for skateboarders, BMX riders, and fans of the sport, providing fun fitness opportunities for families from all over the community. 

To learn more about ROC the Riverway visit:
A public meeting was held in October 2018  
The next public meeting is scheduled for May 23, 2019 from 6:30 – 8pm at the Hamilton Apartments Community Room, 185 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. All are welcome to attend this open house to view the plans and discuss with project staff.

In the coming months, the City of Rochester intends to solicit bids for the construction of phase one of the ROC City Skate Park. For more information, please see the ‘Notice of Intent to Solicit Bids’ on the Contracts, Bids and RFPs page.

To learn more about this project, please contact:

Ellen Micoli Soffa, RLA, Project Manager, City of Rochester, Department of environmental Services.

 Friends of the Roc City Skatepark